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Porcelain Veneers

Chips, cracks, gaps, and stains can detract from your smile and leave you feeling self-conscious.

Thanks to IPS e.max® veneers, Dr. Nancy S. Lerch can revitalize and rejuvenate imperfect teeth.

Learn why people come to the Center for Esthetic Dentistry in New Haven, CT, for porcelain veneers.

How Veneers Work

Dental veneers are thin shells made of tooth-colored materials. They are designed to mask cosmetic imperfections that affect the front surfaces of the teeth. A little bit of enamel (less than 1 millimeter) is removed so the veneer fits properly. Placing one dental veneer or many veneers can give your smile a makeover.

From start to finish, the dental veneer procedure takes about two to three weeks. Our New Haven practice has helped countless patients achieve stunning results.

Porcelain veneers are practically indistinguishable from natural teeth. With proper care, your veneers can last 10 years or longer.

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The Results of Dental Veneer Treatment

Before Matt's Smile Makeover
Before Smile Makeover
After Matt's Smile Makeover
After Smile Makeover
Matt's case involved a multidisciplinary approach to dental care, combining cosmetic and restorative procedures and even some orthodontics. Thanks to custom-made veneers, Invisalign®, dental crowns, and a dental bridge, we were able to close gaps and create beautiful symmetry. The Center for Esthetic Dentistry can give you a new smile.

Are Veneers Right for Me? Contact a Board-Accredited Dentist to Find Out

Do you feel hesitant about smiling and laughing, even around your loved ones? Do you have a public-facing job and sense that your smile is holding you back? If so, porcelain veneers may be just what you need.

Dr. Nancy S. Lerch has used porcelain veneers to help patients in and around New Haven, CT. She enjoys making people love their smiles. Dr. Lerch was the first board-accredited female cosmetic dentist in all of New England, and has used her expertise to help her patients feel more confident about the way they look.

To learn more about veneers and other cosmetic dentistry optionscontact us online or give our dental office a call:

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Contact the Center for Esthetic Dentistry

(203) 624-5256

5-Star Reviews from Our Patients Board-Accredited Cosmetic Dentist in New Haven, CT

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Sherri Palmer

2021

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Dr. Lerch, Sheri, Karen and Rahishia, I cannot thank them enough. They were all very attentive, caring and professional. I had veneers that were nothing but unattractive and Dr. Lerch spoke with me and explained what she could do and asked if that was what I was searching for as a result. I walked out of her office today feeling like a new person! I am beyond happy and cannot wait for Covid to end so I can show off my new, bright smile underneath this mask! Thank you for helping me feel like me again.

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Vlada Shelkova

2021

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What a wonderful dental practice! I’ve never received such amazing and personal care at a dentist office and/or most other medical offices. This team works well together and is happy to let you know as many details as you’re interested in knowing about what’s going on in your mouth. Everyone is on the ball, responsive, and just a pleasure to chat with! I rarely post reviews and found myself asking where I can do so for this office due to the high level of service I received. Thank you everyone and I look forward to my next cleaning ;)

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The Advantages of IPS e.max

While people use the phrase "porcelain veneers" as a catch-all, not all veneers are made of porcelain. Veneers can be made from porcelain, ceramics, resin, and other composite materials.

To ensure the best possible results, our New Haven dental practice uses IPS e.max. IPS e.max is pearl-like and extremely durable. You can bite and chew normally and not have to worry about damaging your restorations.

We use IPS e.max rather than composite resins because we want your dental work to last as long as possible.

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The Veneers Procedure

From start to finish, the dental veneer procedure takes about two to three weeks.

Day of Procedure

From start to finish, the dental veneer procedure takes about two to three weeks.

Consultation

During your initial consultation at our New Haven dental practice, Dr. Lerch will assess your candidacy for dental veneers. She will listen to your goals and help you understand your dental treatment options. We can use digital imaging and wax mockups so you can see what the outcome will be.

Prepping Teeth

If porcelain veneers are the right option for you, the next step is prepping your teeth. A small amount of enamel is removed from the front surface of the tooth. The process is virtually painless.

Taking Impressions

Once your teeth are prepped, impressions are taken of your teeth. We use the iTero® digital scanner, a small and comfortable intraoral scanner, to take detailed scans that are then sent to a dental lab.

Temporary Veneers

While the custom veneers are completed, patients will have temporary veneers placed. Be sure to follow our instructions for proper care to prevent these temporary veneers from getting dislodged.

Lab Fabrication

Using your digital impressions, the technicians at an off-site dental lab will create a custom dental veneer using IPS e.max. Their precision ensures a great fit and natural-looking restorations.

Permanent Veneers

When you return to our practice, we will remove your temporary veneers and adhere the finished IPS e.max dental veneers in place.

Veneer Aftercare Instructions

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

After porcelain veneers have been placed, patients should continue to brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once at night. This removes food particles and prevents the formation of plaque that could affect the health of your natural teeth.

Avoid Tobacco Products

Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, but your natural teeth can still become discolored. For long-lasting cosmetic benefits, it's important to quit using cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco. We can point you to resources that can help you kick the habit.

Stop Other Bad Habits

In addition to quitting tobacco products, avoid bad habits that can potentially damage your dental veneers. This includes biting your fingernails, using your teeth to open packages, crunching on ice cubes, and chewing on pens or drinking straws.

Protect Your Face and Mouth

Mouth and face gear can protect you from injury and prevent trauma to your teeth and veneers. Consider an athletic mouthguard while playing sports, and always wear proper head or face protection at work or when doing any potentially dangerous tasks.

Schedule Regular Dental Checkups

Routine dental visits every six months will help you avoid common dental problems. It also allows us to catch any minor issues before they become major headaches. You can always contact Dr. Lerch and her team if any concerns arise between your visits.

Dentistry That Puts Patients First Why We're Loved All Over New Haven, CT

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Elizabeth Acee

2020

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Dr. Lurch is a master of her craft. She and her team gave me a beautiful smile - they are patient, professional perfectionists in the best way. I couldn’t be happier with my results!

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snapperman1230

2017

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Once again these ladies saved my smile. I had a minor emergency involving one of my front teeth. They were able to give me an appointment the same day. They make you feel right at home once you enter the office. I wouldn't go anywhere else!!!

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Center for Esthetic Dentistry
Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS

Dr. N. Summer Lerch was the first female board-accredited cosmetic dentist in all of New England and only the fourth in the world. She and her team are committed to creating and maintaining beautiful smiles for our patients. Dr. Lerch is proud to be affiliated with:

  • Academy of General Dentistry (Fellow)
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (Accredited)

You can schedule an appointment at our office by contacting us online or by calling (203) 624-5256.

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